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Envelopes containing suspicious powder were sent through the mail to at least seven locations in Manhattan, primarily Wells Fargo banks, in an apparent May Day protest, police officials said.
"This is a reminder that you are not in control," said a message that arrived with the envelopes. "Just in case you needed some incentive to stop working we have a little surprise for you. Think fast you have seconds."
Four of the seven samples have tested negative so far. The envelopes apparently contained corn starch.
Police believe the suspicious envelopes were mailed by militants from within the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Labor, immigration and Occupy Wall Street activists are planning protests for "May Day," May 1, which also is known as international workers' day. The intent is to show the "1 percent" what life without the working class' "99 percent" would be like.
Chris Goodney/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesPedestrians pass a Wells Fargo & Co. bank... View Full Size Chris Goodney/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesPedestrians pass a Wells Fargo & Co. bank branch in New York, Oct. 15, 2011.
San Francisco-based Wells Fargo may have been singled out for the white powder mailings because about half of a key dozen Occupy Wall Street members have backgrounds in Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley, and similar incidents occurred in California earlier this week, police sources said.
In the New York cases, the envelopes mainly appear to have reached low-level workers at the bank branches.
"Apparently the message was aimed at the mail room workers among the '99 percent,'" New York police spokesman Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told ABC News.
The envelopes, intended for May Day delivery, arrived at the banks early.
"They underestimated the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service," one official said.
Occupy Wall Street threatens to block New York-area tunnels and bridges in the morning in an effort to keep commuters from arriving at work, police officials said. They also have urged pickets at "99 locations," an obviously symbolic number.
The Occupy movement has identified 30 to 40 locations, including banks, where they intend to block entrances, officials said.
There will be a significant amount of police officers on duty to counter the protests, though police officials did not give specific numbers on the planned deployment. The day shift is the largest of three tours, with a minimum of 7,000 officers routinely on duty and the ability to hold the overnight shift for coverage.
An additional large number of officers will be on duty for a labor march slated for 5:30 p.m. That march has for several years been a peaceful event by organized labor.
In Los Angeles, officials said 2,500 police will be on duty for the May Day events, and there will be a command center with nearly 100 officers.
I agree with Gil. These types of actions give those in power more ammunition to paint those who want True Change as terrorist and a threat to American citizens. This will just tighten the "big brother" noose. I also believe that these too can also be false flag events by the government or by those who sell detection devices and services to scan mail.
Those companies have made tens of millions of dollars checking the mail for Congress.
Besides that not only did the senders underestimate the postal service but they obviously have never worked in the corporate world. Those to whom the mail was addressed don't open their own mail. It is done in the mail room and the only ones who would be hurt if the powder was real would be those who are just trying to make a living.
Why is my BS alarm going off again about this white powder report? Sounds like a false flag to arrest the protestors as terrorists..You know never get a trial and all.
had the same thought myself, MrChillydogWooHoo. but even if not, it just takes ONE loony-tune to make the sane people look bad!